Castle Craig and East Slope is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meriden, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Trail loops from paved entry in Hubbard Park to pavilion overlooking Sleeping Giant. A branch of the white trail climbs eastern face to Castle Craig, then loops back to a foot bridge that crosses over route 691, then finally back into Hubbard Park.
my go to trail! good workout and the views from the top are beautiful.
A challenging trail for novices in spots, with a great reward of beautiful views at the top. There was a very steep section at the beginning where we must have lost the trail, we climbed up roots and loose rock to the ridge, then rejoined.
We took the Castle Craig trail. It was marked well. Not too difficult and absolute amazing views once at the top.
Loved this trail! It got a bit confusing at times, but thankfully I had this app to show me where I was and how to get there where I wanted to go. Not sure if I would have found my way without it. There are a lot of loose rocks and a steep climb right before the castle, but it just made it even better! Even if the view wasn't as incredible as it is, this hike would be completely worth it. Not to mention all the parking in Hubbard Park was super convenient.
Moderate difficulty, altered between brief difficult periods and scenic easy to mid-range trails. The trails were occasionally tough to follow, but the views were absolutely worth it. From the top of Castle Craig, you can even see Long Island on a clear day!
Excellent. Path is easy to miss - right after you go under the bridges - steep climb at first and right before the tower but worth it and got the heart racing for all (five and seven years old loved it)
The tower was cool with access to the top for great views.
Great trail for all levels of experience.
An unexpected Connecticut gem. On a clear day offers outstanding view from the top! Cool cliff for photos and the castle is a neat added bonus! you can access this by the white trail or just climb up the access road. we started before the park opened (shhh) and the road was still closed. No bathrooms at trailhead or at the top so make sure to go before. Would definitely return to this close nice view hike!
Nice trail. Really steep & rocky if you go up to the castle from the right side entry. Easier starting left on white trail. Doable for a toddler but get ready to carry them at parts...uphill over rocky terrain.
Hiked on a nice clear day and it payed off. The views are very nice on top of the tower. Trail is steep in parts but nothing an average hiker can't handle with out a couple breaks. Overall an ice walk in the woods.
Good hike. Great view. But be careful for the dogs, there's a lot of broken glass near the top
Not a Castle! Its a Castle Tower with an awesome view. Be patient while looking for it. Couple of forks in the road causing you to turn around.
Another great hill hike. I have run the road as well in January.